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La Chartreuse de Parme

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Author: Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)
Published: 1895
Language: French
Wordcount: 191,773 / 621 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 2,789 6604

tuite: il correspondait fort activement avec un espion placé par l'Autriche sur la frontière suisse à trois lieues de Grianta, pour faire évader les prisonniers faits sur le champ de bataille, ce qui aurait pu être pris au sérieux par les généraux français.

Le marquis avait laissé sa jeune femme à Milan: elle y dirigeait les affaires de la famille, elle était chargée de faire face aux contributions imposées à la casa del Dongo, comme on dit dans le pays; elle cherchait à les faire diminuer, ce qui l'obligeait à voir ceux des nobles qui avaient accepté des fonctions publiques, et même quelques non-nobles fort influents. Il survint un grand événement dans cette famille. Le marquis avait arrangé le mariage de sa jeune soeur Gina avec un personnage fort riche et de la plus haute naissance; mais il portait de la poudre: à ce titre, Gina le recevait av

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****

English translations of three or four Stendhal works are available from the Mobileread Forum:


This review in English may be a little out of place here (there is no English edition of any of Stendhal's works on Manybooks) but it is meant to encourage other readers to try this wonderful novel by a writer who is, in many ways, as good as Balzac, without any of the flowery prose.
It would be a real blessing for English readers fond of the historical novel genre to find translations of Stendhal's best works here on Manybooks, but while they are not available, Internet Archive does have some of them.

The novel is itself well executed and the characters well drawn; the conclusion was just a little disappointing however; the author seems to have hurried through it. Nevertheless one of the best. Five stars.



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